The heart Chakra (or Anahata in Sanskrit) is, well, associated with the heart but also with the thymus. The thymus keeps your immune system and more specifically your endocrine system functioning. In other words, it helps to fight against disease both physical and emotional. And your heart, well, it’s kind of a big deal. The main work people usually do on their heart chakra is to heal from emotional hurt and to foster greater love and compassion from and for others.
The Heart Chakra is the center of our energy and the focus of our love and capacity to heal from emotional wounds. Whenever emotional hurt is caused and is not dealt with, it resides and festers in the Heart Chakra. I know that I’ve always had a particularly sensitive one, but have only been able to put it into words more recently. Every since I was little (and a lot of other people do this too), whenever I was hurt or really happy I always felt it right at the center of my chest, where my heart chakra is. I always subconsciously find myself putting my hand there whenever I feel particularly hurt, vulnerable, or upset, as if I’m trying to keep the energy from bleeding away.
I know that I am often guided and ruled by my Heart Chakra in my life choices. So far, it seems to have worked out pretty well! However, it also means that it needs constant maintenance. Emotional wounds translate to physical malaise, I think most women know that if they don’t feel good emotionally, they will take it out on themselves physically thinking they aren’t attractive enough, fit enough, thin enough, etc. Physical demonstrations of an imbalanced Heart Chakra are heart palpitations, asthma, pneumonia, upper back and shoulder problems. Similar to the solar plexus chakra, self-love is key to maintaining a healthy Heart Chakra. Our wounded self and wounded ego have to heal.
But rather than just focus on emotional wounds, I also mentioned that the heart chakra is from where happiness, honesty, respect, love and compassion emanate . Some people argue that that’s why break-ups can be so difficult; once such a bond is made, rupturing an energy cord leads to significant damage. Many know that fights, break ups, or any emotional damage in a relationship actually physically hurt. After all, there’s a reason why we have a term like “heart strings”.
Beyond romantic love, our heart chakra is also the center of our capacity for compassion, which allows us all to live better lives and create a healthier society. Compassion involves unconditional love, an ability to let go, forgive, and trust. Unconditional love, or Metta, implies kindness and living and embodying our desire for it. It begins with loving and respecting ourselves, and through those experiences, reaching out to others. When we channel Metta we encourage it and bring it out in others. Whatever we generate comes back to us and makes us all stronger. Can you imagine a society so open and loving?
Exercises that are good for your Anahata involve anything heart related so once again swimming is a good choice. Another option I have for you is Yoga Download ‘s Power Yoga 4 Practice which is a donation-based class (and can be downloaded from their website). It begins and ends with a meditation to increase Metta.
Feeding Your Heart Chakra
Healing Emotional Hurts
- Leafy vegetables: spinach, kale, dandelion greens, etc.
- Air vegetables: broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, celery, squash, etc.
- Liquids: green teas
- Spices: basil, sage, thyme, cilantro, parsley
As always, some affirmations:
I deeply and truly love and approve of myself.
I love who I am.
I am willing to love everything about myself.
I am a being of unconditional love and compassion.
I am adequate at all times to do that which is required of me.
My heart is open and flows freely with love for myself and others.
I trust in love.
I open my heart to love.
I forgive myself
I forgive those who need forgiving for not being what I wanted them to be.
I grow from all of my experiences. They serve to make me a healthier, stronger, and better person.
I am confident that the healing power of God’s love will heal my mind,heart, and body.
Only I am responsible for the quality of my life.
I acknowledge my own loveliness.
I am pure, good, and innocent.
I strive to enhance my life and those of others.
Love is the purpose of my life.
Love is everywhere.
I open myself to the healing powers of love.
I strive to create a healthy foundation upon which I and others can thrive.